9th July ‘04
PRESS RELEASE BY NETUREI KARTA REPRESENTING ORTHODOX JUDAISM
Orthodox Judaism is incompatible with and totally opposes
the philosophy known as Zionism. It condemns Zionism both
on the grounds of religious belief and on the grounds of the
religious requirement to be compassionate and humanitarian
to all mankind.
Neturei Karta is the group name of those Orthodox Jews who
are prepared to express openly their religious opposition
to Zionism and their sympathy and solidarity with the Palestinian
cause in their struggle against the Zionist oppression.
As part of their expression of support for the Palestinian
cause, representatives of Neturei Karta take part in protests,
which draw attention to the Palestinian struggle, whenever
and wherever they can.
THE WORLD, through the Agency of the International Court of
Justice, has been examining the legality or otherwise of the
physical barrier known as ‘the wall’ being erected
by the Zionist State between them and the Palestinians. Our
position is as follows:
The Jews were exiled some two thousand years ago by Divine
decree from the land now known as Palestine, because they
did not maintain the standards expected of them. From that
time on we were forbidden and forsworn by our Torah not to
attempt to come out of exile through our own efforts. To do
so would be a rebellion against the wish of the A-lmighty
and we were warned of the dire consequences of transgressing
Exile means that Jews must be loyal subjects of the countries
in which they live and not attempt to attain political power
over the indigenous populations of those countries. This stringent
religious requirement applies equally both in any country
in the world and in Palestine, where the indigenous population
is the Palestinian people.
Added to the above is the religious humanitarian requirement
to treat all individuals and peoples with compassion and consideration.
To forcefully deprive a people of their homes and country
is totally contrary to this requirement.
It follows therefore that it is the Palestinians, the indigenous
population of Palestine, who have the right to rule in Palestine
today. According to the Torah and Jewish faith, the Palestinian
Arab claim to rule in Palestine is right and just. The Zionist
illegitimate claim is illegal and what is more must inevitably
be based on loss of life and deprivation of property.
Orthodox Jewry, therefore, pass no opinion on the legality
or otherwise of ‘the wall’. We do however pass
an opinion of ABSOLUTE ILLEGALITY on the ZIONIST STATE known
as ‘Israel’. The root cause of ‘the wall’
is the illegitimate Zionist State that has caused untold suffering
to both Jews and Arabs for decades. So many people ignore
the root cause of the hate that has spread and engulfed the
IF THE ZIONIST STATE WERE TO BE DISMANTLED THE WHOLE QUESTION
OF ‘THE WALL’ WOULD DISAPPEAR.
We want to tell the world, especially our Palestinian neighbours,
that there is no hatred or animosity between Jew and Arab.
We wish to live together as friends and neighbours. Let us
not forget the peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs
that existed throughout the centuries. All those memories
vanished with the advent of Zionism.
The Zionist oppression of Arabs in Palestine is a tragedy
for both the Palestinian and the Jewish peoples.
Opposition to Zionism and its crimes does not mean a hatred
for Jews, so called ‘antisemitism’. On the contrary
Zionism and its deeds are the biggest threat to Judaism and
the biggest cause of ‘antisemitism’
Zionism is not Judaism - Zionists do not represent the Jews
We pray for an end to bloodshed, an end to the suffering of
our Palestinian brethren and all innocent people worldwide.
We are waiting for the annulment of Zionism and the peaceful
dismantling of the Zionist regime, and would welcome the opportunity
to dwell in peace in the holy land under a rule entirely in
accordance with Palestinian aspirations.